LINDSBORG — Four Swedes put up double-digit points, but the Bethany College men’s basketball team ended up falling in Saturday’s contest, 91-84 to Southwestern, battling until the last minute of the game. The Swedes fall to 9-13 overall and they have a conference record of 6-8.
The first half started out neck and neck with neither team giving up the momentum. Both teams pushed the floor and traded off buckets before the Moundbuilders were able to go on an 11-0 run at the halfway point in the first half. This gave Southwestern a 14-point lead and gave the Swedes the tough task of overcoming that deficit.
Bethany was up to the task, thanks to tough defense and working their offense. They were able to go into the break trailing by just four points.
The Swedes came out of the gate strong. A Khalid Washington 3-point basket put Bethany within one point of the leading Moundbuilders. The teams would then exchange points before Cody Harris put in a three to tie up the game with 12:05 left to play. The game would get tied up three more times before the clock ran down. Unfortunately, with the help of free throws, the Moundbuilders would come out ahead in this contest.
Washington and Harris led the Swedes' offense with 17 and 16 points respectively. Harris also added five assists to his line and Washington put up three blocks. Jesse Patrick had a season-high 15 points. Tyler Larkin added 11 points and five assists to the Swedes offensive efforts.
Harris pulled down seven rebounds to lead the team. Larkin grabbed six boards and Elvis Okafor had five. As a team, the Swedes out rebounded the Moundbuilders 37-35.
The Swedes shot 46.5 percent from the field, 41.2 percent from long range, and went 11-for-13 at the free throw line.
The Swedes host the (RV) York College Panthers next on Wednesday. This game will start at 8 p.m. following the women's contest.